IMO selects its worldwide theme for 2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) council has selected “Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” as the World Maritime theme for 2020.

The UN body said that this would provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and showcase the work that IMO and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets.

The IMO Council, meeting for its 122nd session at IMO Headquarters in London, officially endorsed the theme, which was proposed by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. He said: “I believe that this theme will provide flexibility to the Secretariat and the Member States in highlighting the myriad topics and challenges in meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.  At the same time, it will provide excellent opportunities to highlight the already significant contributions of shipping and the IMO to building that sustainable future”.

He noted that September 2019 would see a gathering of Heads of State at the UN in New York to take stock of how far the world had come in realizing the sustainable development commitments.

“The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already started the transition towards this sustainable future. We have adopted and continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, protect the polar regions, reduce marine litter, improve the efficiency of shipping through the electronic exchange of information, meet the challenges of the digitalization of shipping and enhance the participation of women in the maritime community,” Lim said.